I don’t often post about national politics. I still believe that what you do in your own town, with your own folks, has a more important effect on your life than the spectator sport of Presidential politics. And Obama’s not even an official candidate. Anyway:
This blog officially endorses Barack Obama for President of the United States.
1) National politics isn’t always relevant to our everyday lives. However, in an attempt to spread the freedoms of democracy, the current Commander in Chief sends young men and women overseas to die, tortures enemy combatants and suspends the constitutional rights of foreigners and citizens alike. It doesn’t get more relevant than that. We need a strong advocate for the dismantling of our current policies. Obama is one of the few declared candidates that has opposed the war since the beginning.
2) In order to move beyond the red/blue state divide, we need a candidate, like Bill Clinton in 1992, who combines a razor-sharp intellect with the political skills to reach out to a much broader spectrum of the populace than just an electoral college plurality.
3) Especially after the reign of Bush/Cheney/Rove, we need a leader that will explain, mediate and compromise. Our country needs a President that understands that his opponents’ views ought to be respected, even if they are not supported.
4) We need a campaign that focuses on issues, that elevates the public discourse and disavows the politics of hate, fear and division pioneered by consultants such as Lee Atwater and Karl Rove. No candidate is as attuned to this reality as Obama.
5) Barack Obama was a community organizer. He knocked on doors, developed citizen leaders, organized meetings and protests. Obama was recently quoted as saying that “ordinary people working together can achieve the extraordinary.” Organizers may never get this chance again, to elect one of our own!
6) Have you read his books? He doesn’t use a ghostwriter and they are not typical political tripe. Thoughtful, open and eloquent expression, a first for a politician.